NS304 Science, Technology, and Society

for F1G 2006

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NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society


F1G 2006 GR


Venaccio, Michael G.


Senior Instructor


B.S., Biology, Manhattan College, 1968
M.A, Management and Supervision, CMU, 1981

Office Location

Park University Resident Center, Grand Forks AFB

Office Hours

As arranged by instructor and student

Daytime Phone


Other Phone






Semester Dates

August 21 to October 15, 2006

Class Days

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Class Time

4:45 - 7:25 PM



Credit Hours



“SOCIETY AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE”, By Rudi Volti, Worth Publishers, 2001

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Course Description:
Relationship between science, technology, and society. Topics include: the two cultures, the relationship between basic science and technology, the effects of technology upon society, and possible future technologies. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor's educational philosophy is one of application of theory and principles learned in the classroom. The goal is for the student to apply the knowledge gained to real-world situations in areas such as work. To do this effectively, the student will understand the significance of the relationships between science and technology and the utilization of them by society.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Explain concepts of how and why science works and the many ways that science and technology affect our lives.
  2. 2. Define and explain the process of science and scientific inquiry.
  3. 3. Discuss and illustrate relevant impacts of science and technology on individual lives, professions and global society.
  4. 4. Demonstrate the analytical and critical thinking skills essential to making informed judgements and informed choices regarding science and technology.
  5. 5. Analyze and determine statements that are based on science versus those that are not.
  6. 6. The student will be able to develop critical thinking and analysis skills directed towards current views on the relationship between science, technology and society.
  7. 7. The student will also gain an appreciation of the unique challenges that face society as technology and science provide ever expanding options to mankind that were not available to previous generations.
  8. 8. Gain an understanding that technologies almost always have multiple impacts, that there are unintended consequences, or "side effects", to virtually every technology.
  9. 9. Develop an improved understanding of the strengths and limitations of science - what science can and can not do. Develop the independent analytical and critical thinking skills essential to making informed judgments and informed choices regarding: The countless S&T related issues and problems that confront us individually and as a society. The multitude of conflicting and competing claims, often claiming to be based on science, that confront us.
Class Assessment:
Your final grade will be determined using a combination of class attendance and participation, a research paper on a course topic, research, preparation and presentation of a position debate based on course topics and a final examination, which may be a take-home. 


 Class participation and attendance………………………………….15%


  A 10 page research paper on a course topic………………. ……...25%


  Research, preparation and presentation of debate position…………25%


  Final Examination.........................................................................35%


Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments are due no later than the end of the semester, unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor, and then only for good reasons, such as deployments, TDY's, sickness, etc.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The class environment and conduct will be based on the essential principle of mutual respect for fellow students and the instructor. Additionally, in the event you must miss a class session, it is required that you notify the instructor either directly by phone or e-mail, or through the Park University Office at the Base Education Center.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The following schedule is provided to enable you to pace yourself in completing the required readings and assignments:

Aug 22/24 Chapters 1, 2 & 3, Course Overview, Introduction and Assignments

Aug 29/31 Chapters 4, 5 & 6

Sept 5/7 Chapters 7 & 8

Sept 12/14 Chapters 9, 10 & 11

Sept 19/21 Chapters 12 & 13

Sept 26/28 Chapters 14 & 15

Oct 3/6 Chapters 16 & 17

Oct 10 Student Debates

Oct 12 Final Exam/All course Assignment Due

NOTE: This schedule is approximate and may be changed in the event of military exercises. If you will miss any class sessions, please advise me.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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